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FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo provided by Benoit Photo, Toinette, with Flavien Prat aboard, wins the Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes horse race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Prat has tested positive for COVID-19 after riding in Kentucky. Del Mar officials said Prat was tested Sunday, July 12, and was told shortly thereafter that he had a positive result. The 27-year-old jockey had been scheduled to ride eight horses at Del Mar on Sunday, but was removed from those mounts. He was in Kentucky to ride a day earlier. (Benoit Photo via AP, File)

The Latest: Jockey Flavien Prat tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 12, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Jockey Flavien Prat has tested positive for COVID-19 after riding in Kentucky. Del Mar officials said Prat was tested Sunday in La Jolla and was told shortly thereafter he had a positive result. The 27-year-old jockey had been...

Rhode Island legislature gets back to work on major matters

Jul. 12, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's legislature is returning to work this week to take on several matters, including a 20-year, no-bid Lottery deal, an early-voting option during November's election, and a plan to drop the word “plantations” from the state's formal name. Votes are...

Top adviser to governor resignes after DUI arrest

Jul. 11, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A top adviser to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has resigned after he was charged with driving under the influence. Daniel Connors, a former Democratic state lawmaker who rose to become Senate majority leader, was pulled over by Narragansett police on Wednesday, according to court...

Anti-eviction effort starts; clam shack ends dining service

Jul. 10, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday announced a $7 million effort to help residents facing eviction. The Safe Harbor program administered by the United Way of Rhode Island will help tenants and landlords reach a new payment plan for past due rent in order to avoid the court eviction...

Infamous counterfeiter recently released from prison dies

Jul. 9, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who proclaimed himself the “world’s greatest counterfeiter” has died just weeks after his release from his latest prison sentence. The Providence Journal reports Louis “The Coin” Colavecchio died Monday in hospice care after...

Bar temporarily closed for violating coronavirus regulations

Jul. 9, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island restaurant was ordered closed over the July 4 weekend for failing to follow the state's coronavirus safety regulations. The state Department of Business Regulation ordered Harris Bar and Grill in Coventry closed on July 3, making it the first establishment the state...

State to crack down on businesses flouting coronavirus rules

Jul. 8, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

Rhode Island is about to come down harder on businesses that continue to flout rules designed to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the state, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. Although state inspections of businesses have found that the vast majority are complying with regulations meant to stop...

Inmate who ran crack cocaine ring from behind bars sentenced

Jul. 8, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man convicted of continuing to run a crack cocaine trafficking ring while an inmate at the state prison with the help of his mother has been sentenced to more than six years in a federal prison, prosecutors said Wednesday. Fellow inmates provided James Gomes, 33, of...

4 great white sharks detected near Rhode Island shore

Jul. 8, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers at the Atlantic Shark Institute detected four great white sharks Wednesday in the waters near Block Island, Rhode Island. Seven acoustic receivers detected the presence of the sharks, which range in length from 8 to more than 13 feet, in the waters near the island, the...

Maryland murder suspect apprehended in Rhode Island

Jul. 8, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A suspect in a Maryland homicide has been apprehended in Rhode Island, state and federal officials say. Diantae Williams, 22, was arrested in Newport at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to a statement from Rhode Island State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service. Williams was named in a...